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Friday, March 26, 2010

Cheif Wino Andrew Stover celebrates Virginia Wine Week

Happy Virginia Wine Week!

-First-ever statewide event promotes Virginia wine in restaurants and wine shops-
Love By the Glass, the first-ever Virginia Wine Week, where wine lovers will celebrate Virginia Wine Week March 22-28, 2010 at more than 100 participating restaurants and wine shops across Virginia and Washington, DC.
Virginia Wine Week promotes restaurants and wine shops who offer Virginia wine for sale by the glass. From March 22 to March 28, participating businesses will add at least two Virginia wines for sale by the glass to their menus and merchandise. Look for Virginia Wine Week posters, menus and decals or visit www.VirginiaWine.org to find participating businesses.
“Virginia Wine Week is an exciting new partnership to expand local wine offerings in our restaurants and shops,” said Annette Boyd, Director of the Virginia Wine Marketing Office. “As Virginia’s reputation for wine excellence continues to grow, so does demand for our product. Wine lovers now have a new reason to get out and enjoy the success of the Virginia wine industry.”
“Visitors to Virginia want to experience local history, culture and of course – local food and wine,” said Alisa Bailey, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “It’s important for visitors to find local wine on menus in Virginia’s restaurants and Virginia Wine Week will help encourage that.”
Virginia is home to more than 155 wineries across the state in nine different wine producing regions. The state is getting national recognition for several varietals including Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; and it is producing a growing variety of wines quickly gaining a loyal following including Bordeaux styles blends, sparkling wines and the native varietal Norton. Virginia was named one of the top five up-and-coming wine

Visit www.VirginiaWine.org for more information about Virginia Wine Week, including a list of participating businesses. For more information about visiting Virginia, go to www.Virginia.org or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay NV,
Monticello, Virginia
Champagne-like with fine bubbles, apricot, green apple and pear notes, creamy, refreshing. Production: 1000 cases per year


Dave Matthews’ Blenheim
Viognier 2008, Monticello, Virginia
A beautiful new wine from Dave Matthews’ winery in Charlottesville—notes of white flower, honeysuckle and tropical fruit, plus passion fruit and mango on the finish, smooth and luscious—great with seafood, especially salmon. Production: 313 cases


Boxwood Winery ‘Topiary’
Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2007,
Middleburg, Virginia
Concentrated and lively, this Virginia red could pass for a Red Bordeaux—sweet black cherry and plum intermixed with vanilla spice and a whiff of white pepper, smooth and silky, pairs well with lamb or beef. Production: 1200 cases


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